Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:08 June,2020

Scientists discover differences in the blood samples of severe, mild COVID-19 patients

LONDON: Researchers have identified proteins in the blood of COVID-19 patients which are linked to the disease severity, an advance that may lead to markers that provide information on the progression of their illness.
The scientists, including those from the University of Cambridge in the UK, said people respond very differently to infection with the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
While some patients develop no symptoms at all, they said others may get severe disease and even die....read more

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 120: IMA Position

940: Position of IMA on COVID related issues.
One Nation: One set of guidelines. There are multiple orders and actions at the state and district levels which do not conform to the National Guidelines. This is proving to be disastrous to the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers as well as the containment of the epidemic.
Doctors, irrespective of the sector and workplace, should take the lead during this still ascending phase of the epidemic. Take charge of your institution and area. IMA local branches should take review of their local area. While working in consonance with Central, State and Local authorities is important, IMA should point out discordances and also unscientific surmises. ....read more

Relieve Stress by Changing the Interpretation

Stress is the reaction of the body or the mind to the interpretation of a known situation. Stress management, therefore, involves either changing the situation, changing the interpretation or taming the body the yogic way in such a way that stress does not affect the body.
Every situation has two sides. Change of interpretation means looking at the other side of the situation. It is something like half glass of water, which can be interpreted as half empty or half full. ....read more

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Sebi censures Astrazeneca Pharma's promoter, Elliot Group


NEW DELHI: Markets regulator Sebi has strongly "censured" Astrazeneca Pharma India LtdNSE 5.87 %'s promoter and Elliot Group for professional misconduct and following unfair trade practices during the company's delisting plan in 2014.
The regulator, in a 65-page order, said that Astrazeneca Pharma India Ltd's (AZPIL) promoter AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals AB Sweden (AZPAB), and Elliott Group, which held 15.52 per cent stake in the company, had a 'private arrangement' to sail through the delisting process.

Centre relaxes norms for import of certain drugs

Hindustan Times

The Union health ministry has issued a draft notification to allow import and manufacturing of certain unapproved drugs on compassionate grounds in small volumes based on a prescription from a medical institution. The move is aimed at making experimental drugs for treating coronavirus disease (Covid-19) accessible for severely-ill patients in India.
In the draft gazette notification issued on June 5, the health ministry amended the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019, in consultation with the Drugs Technical Advisory Board, which advises the government on all drug-related matters.

Asymptomatic patients must be tested for Covid-19: Doctor moves Delhi HC

Business Standard

Former Indian Medical Association (IMA) chief Dr KK Aggarwal has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Delhi government's decision of excluding "asymptomatic patients or pre-symptomatic patients" from Covid-19 testing. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Monday will hear the petition of Dr Aggarwal. The former IMA chief is seeking to quash the Delhi government's order dated June 2 stating that getting a medical test done is a "fundamental right" of every citizen.

In the middle of a pandemic, Indian hospitals are inflating the cost of even non-coronavirus care

Chandni B lives in Bengaluru but her elderly aunt and uncle live by themselves in Mumbai. When Chandniís 76-year-old uncle needed dialysis and also started showing Covid-19 symptoms, they found themselves in a tough situation.
The elderly couple does not have any family members in Mumbai and so Chandni had to arrange an ambulance and hospital for her uncle remotely from Bengaluru. She also had to find a new dialysis centre as their regular dialysis centre had stopped taking patients due to the pandemic.